Dhaka court rejects bail for photographer Shahidul Alam in ICT case

Sylheter Sokal Desk: A Dhaka court has turned down a bail appeal filed by photographer and activist Shahidul Alam who was arrested in a case under the Information and Communication Technology Act.

Judge KM Imrul Kayes rejected the appeal, a day after the High Court ordered the metropolitan sessions judge’s court to settle the plea from Shahidul.

Justice Md Rezaul Haque and Justice Abu Taher Md Saifur Rahman issued the order on Monday following Shahidul’s appeal.

Earlier, the chief justice arranged a new bench to hear the case on Sept 4 as the previous High Court bench of Justice Md Ruhul Quddus and Justice Khandaker Diliruzzaman expressed discomfort with the case.

The police arrested Shahidul, founder of the Drik Gallery, Pathshala and the South-Asian Media Institute on Aug 5, over charges of spreading rumours during a campaign for safer roads by students in Dhaka.

Later police filed a case under the ICT act against Shahidul alleging that he had ‘provoked people and spread false propaganda.’

His lawyers appealed to the Metropolitan Sessions Judge’s Court on Aug 14 when the Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court rejected his first bail petition.

The lawyers sought to bring the hearing date forward when the judge scheduled Sept 11 for the hearing of the bail plea.

They again appealed for interim bail for Shahidul on Aug 26 when the court declined to bring the date forward.

Shahidul’s lawyers went to the High Court on Aug 28, when the court declined to hear the bail petition.-BDnews24

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